Biography of Wai Lana:

Wai Lana is an expert of many trades – she is everything anyone dreamed of. She is a yoga icon, author, songwriter, TV show producer and director. She has hosted various yoga shows on TV that have aired internationally on different continents including the Middle East, Australia, Europe, Asia, North and South America. Additionally, the beautiful and charming Wai Lana designs flower garlands and colorful clothes she wears during production.

Wai Lana’s Age, Place of Birth, Personal Life:

Born in the year of 1955 in Hong Kong (China), Wai Lana is not only a beautiful and charming yoga teacher, but she is also a mother of three, grandmother of six, songwriter, author, and a genuine advocate for helping people from all walks of life attain inner peace and well-being. Wai Lana (63 years old) currently lives in the beautiful state of Hawaii in United States of America.

More than that, the serene and softhearted Wai Lana is a genuine advocate of her audience’s well-being and inner peace. At least that’s what she is identified for. She is considered a favorite by people of all ages, and from all walks of life.  Having produced and hosted television series of yoga instruction, we cannot refute that the grandmother of six has played an essential role in helping popularize yoga globally. With all her music and meditation albums, training materials, yoga DVDs, kids’ yoga products, a line of yoga gear and a range of snacks, Wai Lana is, without a doubt, a world-renowned yoga teacher. This is what has earned her international recognition.

Wai Lana’s Accomplishments

Having taught yoga for nearly four decades, Wai Lana is not without great achievements. Her TV Series “Wai Lana Yoga” has aired nationwide for close to two decades now, becoming the longest-running fitness series on national television. The series has helped a huge number of yoga enthusiasts from all walks of life to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In 2016, her effort was recognized nationwide- Wai Lana was honored with India’s Prestigious Padma Shri Award for her extraordinary accomplishments in spreading yoga’s mainstream popularity through her books, television series, and music videos.

Some of her other music videos include;

  1. “Namaste” – This video has one of yoga’s greatest lessons – humility and respect for all. Having been produced to celebrate the first ever International Yoga Day, the music video has not only become favorite among online viewers but earned Wai Lana countless praises. One viewer quoted “This video is visually lovely where so many people of the different country brought together to perform. Don’t know how to describe this video; it’s been a long time that we have watched a video of its kind. I got relaxed for 5 minutes thank you, Wai Lana, & a big NAMASTE to you!”
  1. Colors – a music video that aims to remove the racial and social divides. The message resonates well with different people worldwide, regardless of skin color. A yoga enthusiast commented- “.. No one picks the fight… If your shirt is green or cream… Incredible message… Thanks for this wonderful video. The title itself is very significant. Meaningful creativity at its best on the Day of International Day of Yoga…”
  1. Alive Forever is another short film and music video with a great message that reverberates well with virtually everyone. It emphasizes being more an eternal spiritual being than a physical body or mind. Thousands of viewers appreciate the impact this music video has on them “I had tears in my eyes from the first minute of this video! This video is full of happiness. Thank You very much, Wai Lana”

Books Authored:

Wai Lana has released many books for Kids. Now kids can have hours of wholesome fun coloring and playing with their friends! They’ll also improve their problem-solving skills; it will foster creativity and artistic ability, sharpen memory and concentration, nurture their attraction to health and fitness. Wai Lana has also compiled an 85-recipe Juice book named “Wai Lana’s FAVORITE JUICES”. These mouth-watering juices help to lose weight, reduce stress, eliminate toxins, improve your digestion. She has also authored – Wai Lana’s Favorite Soups, Wai Lana’s Little Yogis™ Coloring Book, Wai Lana’s Little Yogis™ Daydream Coloring Book and a few more.

“Oh My Sweet Lord” – A Personal and Intimate Prayer

Yoga is a holistic intimate package for happy living. Combined with music therapy, yoga can have a significant role in promoting self-confidence, enhancing interpersonal communication and promoting individual well-being. Anyone who has an interest in yoga and enjoys singing or listening to music will tell you the effectiveness of integrating the two. That is what Wai Lana does– make ancient art of yoga easy and effective by incorporating various therapies. One such music therapy is “Oh My Sweet Lord” that she initially wrote as a personal intermediate prayer but has now embellished into a powerful music video.

In this powerful video, the yoga teacher welcomes her audience to her inner world – her heart of hearts. She introduces ancient yoga through personal, intimate prayer. Her way of teaching yoga wisdom in this song aims to inspire and empower people to experience and create inner peace in their lives, regardless of age, faith, ability level or individual circumstances.

Oh My Sweet Lord’s Message

Judging by the first few seconds, you might get tempted to dismiss the music video not knowing that you will soon get sandwiched between the most meditative audio and centering images. Better put, hear a celebration of Divine music within. As soon as the prayer starts, you get amazed by an acoustic guitar driven song with deep, whisper vocals that set you on a Divine journey. Simple relaxing sounds (birds chirping) cultivate a serene and a peaceful atmosphere engulfs your mind. As soon as the video begins, you are treated to an amazing beauty of love overloaded. She is seated outdoor on what seems like a patio overlooking a beautiful flower garden; this creates a calm and peaceful image in your mind to help you recharge. As the song goes by, you quickly forget you are watching a music video and become completely immersed in a profoundly restful state.

Regardless, of religion or faith, this captivating music video makes you connect with the Supreme soul, whose all-loving and all-attractive nature is universal.  At some point, she slows down the tempo and drops the key to give this one-of-a-kind rendition more gravitas. As the video transitions from an ocean sunset, to moonlit forests, darkness and then to dramatic daybreak, her longing for her Lord intensifies. She sprinkles in mantras about her Sweet Lord while at the same time adding some distant Indian flair.  This quickly drives you to the perspective of an individual wanting to connect with the Divine deeply.

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Many of us recognize that there is much more to life than what we experience on the material level of living. We understand both intuitively, and through our own direct experiences, that simply trying to satisfy the urges of our mind and bodily senses is not fulfilling for us. It is not deeply meaningful, nor does it bring us the real and lasting happiness that we long for in our heart of hearts. Thus, we turn to spiritual life to find what we are seeking.

When we want to understand the truth of our spiritual nature, it is important to look to the bonafide scriptures of the world. These ancient scriptures contain timeless wisdom that can help us rediscover our eternal nature and inherent relationship with the Supreme Person.

Within the yoga scriptures , it is explained that we are eternal spiritual beings, currently covered by layers of material energy, like a set of clothes. The mind or subtle energy body is like an under layer of clothes. The gross physical body is like an outer layer of clothes. Just as we are not the shirt, pants, and undergarments we are currently wearing, we are not these “clothes” either. However, if we have no real information about our true nature as spiritual beings, it is easy for us to fall into the misunderstanding that we are these temporary material coverings.

If we erroneously conclude that we are the mind and body, then our entire existence becomes focused on taking care of these “clothes.” Thinking we are them, we will look for happiness and fulfillment in terms of our mind and body. We will constantly be striving for satisfaction through feeding the mind and body with various material objects, such as pleasurable thoughts or ideas, things to stimulate the senses, and so on. However, no matter how nicely or extravagantly or diligently we do this, we will remain empty within the core of our being – always anxious searching for the vital something that is missing from our lives and hearts. Material experiences do not actually touch us. They can feed the mind and body, but do absolutely nothing to nourish us, the spiritual self.

This is why our repeated attempts at material gratification are never successful. We may get the external object or situation that we strive for, but it does not result in the permanent inner fullness that we seek.

As we are spiritual beings, real satisfaction comes to us only through consciously relating with our spiritual Source. As the great spiritual teacher Jagad Guru Chris Butler  says when we direct our longing for happiness , meaning, purpose, shelter, love toward the temporary objects and relationships of this world, we are endlessly frustrated. But when we direct this longing toward our inner relationship with the Supreme Person, we find complete and utter fulfillment. Fortunately, in the scriptures, we are given clear instructions on how to revive and deepen our relationship with our eternal Friend.

In this day and age, the recommended process for consciously linking up with the Supreme Person is through real meditation on His transcendental Names. (In the yoga scriptures, this is called Mantra Meditation.) The Names of the Supreme Being are not ordinary sound. Rather, there is no difference between the Supreme Person Himself and the spiritual sound vibration. He appears in this world as spiritual sound in order to give those who sincerely want to know Him the opportunity to associate directly with Him.

In this way, we can relate intimately with the Supreme Person simply by hearing and repeating His Names. These Names are purely spiritual and never lose any potency on coming into contact with matter. On the contrary, the Names of the Supreme have unlimited power to purify us of the material influences that we have taken on from living in such close association with matter for so long. By regularly listening, chanting, singing these Names, our consciousness is gradually purified of all material miseries. As the material influence on our consciousness dissipates, we are able to increasingly experience the presence of God in His Names and in our hearts – and our relationship with Him blossoms in the most wonderful ways.

In the yoga scriptures, it is described that when all that is false is stripped away from us, naturally what we will do is try to be pleasing to God, our eternal Friend. We have an innate love for the Supreme Person and He has a similar innate love for us. Loving Him is the actual purport of our existence, the highest goal of our life. The great spiritual teachers or the acaryas such as Jagad Guru Chris Butler have said that Within our natural loving relationship with God, we find the perfection of all that we seek.

It may seem amazing to us that everything we have been longing for is contained within this one relationship, within loving this most special and unique Person. But this is the Absolute Truth that is confirmed in the scriptures, and through the lives and teachings of the topmost saintly persons. Realizing this essential and most wonderful truth of our existence is the key to our actual fulfillment  . Our truest nature, our highest happiness, is in loving this Person who is the very Source and essence. There is no higher truth, no higher attainment, no higher joy, than the actual realization of this eternal relationship of loving exchange with our Supreme Friend.

Spiritual life is knowing God as our Best Friend. It is our genuine personal awakening to our eternal relationship with our supreme dear most Beloved. It is truly knowing for our self that our heart is completely safe with Him – and so without the tiniest bit of reservation or fear  , we are joyfully, eagerly loving Him with all our heart and trying to please Him with our life.

If we are not already consciously relating with God, we can begin doing so immediately through hearing, chanting, singing His Names. And if we are already relating with Him, this relationship can become infinitely more deep, intimate, and blissful  in this way.

Spiritual life is our real life that has only been forgotten and covered over by the facade of material misconception. Jagad Guru Chris Butler in his amazing videos clearly communicates that Through regular hearing and repeating the Names of God, we can revive our inner life of wonder and sweetness, of transcendental happiness, of natural loving service to our supremely lovable dear most Friend. In this, our real life, we are completely fulfilled.

Many research studies claim to state that we are our physical bodies, which are made up of complex chemical arrangements. So in short we are matter in essence. And this is being taught in many science books in schools and universities. So we are brought up being taught that we are the physical body, i am an American or Mexican and so on. So from that knowledge springs the concept of happiness, that if we satisfy our bodies then we will be truly happy and satisfied. We all know that this is not the reality, since no amount of material endeavors and achievements are not really satisfying to us. It gives some temporary superficial pleasure and before we know it, its gone and we still feel empty and not satisfied within.

The real proof of this is the current situation of the western civilization. The western countries are very rich in material resources and wealth, they have all things materially required. Yet the rate of crime, depression, rape, murder, drug problems, suicide is on an all time high. So how come , the people of the rich countries are so dissatisfied, whereas from the so called scientific conclusion, they should be happy and satisfied within? So what is the truth? Are we really our physical bodies?

A recent scientific study proved that the material composition making up our physical bodies change rapidly everyday. So the mass of matter making up our whole body is renewed rapidly. the speed is so high that our entire brain matter is renewed every few days!! If we were our physical bodies, then how come we remember incidents years down the line, but our brain matter is completely renewed every week??

Just blindly saying we are the body does not help, since lot of questions are not answered if we assume we are the body? If we are the body, then what is the explanation for out of the body experiences which commonly occur frequently, where people really experience that they are out of their bodies. There has been numerous cases where people have left their bodies for some time and then come back again to regain consciousness. How does the theory that we are the body answer this one ? There are no answers.

If we are just our physical bodies, then why can’t just fixing it brings it back to life. If we are matter like an automobile, then if something goes wrong with it, then when fixed it should be back to normal again. But it is not like that? why? In fact most of the time the physical body almost has no problem but still the body is declared dead? The argument that we are the body does not answer any of this real questions. So we should NOT blindly accept the theory that we are complex physical bodies made up of chemical elements. It is an illogical theory, with many caveats in it, and it does not even answer the most basic questions.

We will share more information about our real essence in the next post. Stay tuned. thank you